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Metaphors of war


A metaphor is a literary device expressing the idea that something is like something else. If you like to use formulas, you could say this: A is B. Metaphors of war are commonly used against illness and disease. People battle the flu; they fight cancer; they take magic bullets to conquer malaria.



Literary: refers to literature
Device: a thing or an idea used for a specific task
Formula: a rule expressed in symbols
Bullets: metal balls that are fired from a gun
Conquer: defeat, beat
Malaria: a serious illness that mosquitos carry



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We use
I’m brain dead
Extremely tired
She is not a rock
Strong and dependable